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Old 04-03-2008, 12:50 PM   #46
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Not advisable to let places like Jiffy Lube touch your car. Lots and lots of horror stories from places like that.

There is no reason for oil changes to cost that much. I can see $65ish for a full synthetic oil and top of the line filter, but $250 is absolutely insane.

Also, doesn't the standard BMW warranty cover all maintenance, including oil changes?
I have a transmission at my mechanic's garage to proove it.
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I purchased mine certified pre-owned with only 16k miles on it, fully loaded with leather interior, premium package ..ect for less than 30k. I also have excellent credit and I offered the dealer a price and he took it. Came with a 3yr/100k warranty. With only 16k miles on the car is was practically brand new and I got if for about 14k less than a new one. I will never buy a new car. I feel like I'm getting takenů.

Maybe you should look at the certified pre-owned cars?
I have "looked", I'm just too picky.
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Not advisable to let places like Jiffy Lube touch your car. Lots and lots of horror stories from places like that.

There is no reason for oil changes to cost that much. I can see $65ish for a full synthetic oil and top of the line filter, but $250 is absolutely insane.

Also, doesn't the standard BMW warranty cover all maintenance, including oil changes?
I've heard that before too...but I haven't asked yet. I am not planning to visit the dealership until this weekend or next.
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Not advisable to let places like Jiffy Lube touch your car. Lots and lots of horror stories from places like that.

There is no reason for oil changes to cost that much. I can see $65ish for a full synthetic oil and top of the line filter, but $250 is absolutely insane.

Also, doesn't the standard BMW warranty cover all maintenance, including oil changes?
Changing oil is so absurdly easy, no one should be paying anything close to that kind of money. Do it yourself people! You can buy a good oil filter for $7-$10, and a gallon of full synthetic for $25-$30. So for around $40 at the most you can do a full synthetic oil change and it takes all of 15 minutes. If you use conventional oil it will cost about half that.

The thought of paying $250 for an oil change makes me shudder.
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I checked out the link. It costs 61.5% more to live in Boston (where I was born and raised for 22 years) than Carlsbad, NM (where I have lived for 11 years).

I also checked out the difference between Gainesville and Carlsbad, and it would cost 16.7% more to live in Gainesville.
WOW! If Carlsbad is almost 17% cheaper than Gainesville, then I'd be living like a king too! BMWs and $450 mortgages for everyone!!!! Cheers!

Carlsbad migration! Imagine, we could all live on the same cul de sac. Matty and SS could be head of the homeowners association.
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Changing oil is so absurdly easy, no one should be paying anything close to that kind of money. Do it yourself people! You can buy a good oil filter for $7-$10, and a gallon of full synthetic for $25-$30. So for around $40 at the most you can do a full synthetic oil change and it takes all of 15 minutes. If you use conventional oil it will cost about half that.

The thought of paying $250 for an oil change makes me shudder.

I know how to do it, but I do not like to do it. If you could point me in the direction of a garage that will let me do it myself and has the proper facilities for disposal etc., then I would consider it. As it stands now, I would rather pay someone to do the work that I don't like to do. Besides the exta cost comes with a garentee usually.
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If you buy a new car, yes, you get maintenance. The oli change at a BMW dealers IS $250. That's why you never take it there. I take mine to a reputable place that charges me $100 for filters, oil, etc.. I've NEVER been quoted $65 for an oil change on my car. So if you know of a place, let me know (that is trustworthy).
NTB (National Tire and Battery) does my 07 Ram with full synthetic and filters for $63.... but that is in central PA....
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If a oil change is so darn easy than how does a place like Jiffy Lube screw it up to the point of having a bad transmission problem??
An oil change doesn't screw up a transmission.

My guess is that he did one of their power purges, or whatever it is.

If you pay $100 for an oil change, the place is basically making about $50 off of you each time.

I do all of my own maintenance not covered by warranty, so I couldn't recommend a reputable oil change place that would be more of a deal.
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I know how to do it, but I do not like to do it. If you could point me in the direction of a garage that will let me do it myself and has the proper facilities for disposal etc., then I would consider it. As it stands now, I would rather pay someone to do the work that I don't like to do. Besides the exta cost comes with a garentee usually.
No one really LIKES to do it, but honestly doing it in your driveway is way cheaper and actually a lot faster than driving to your nearest Jiffy Lube and waiting for them to do their overpriced BS.

Plus what kind of guarantee do really get with an oil change anyway?
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I like to do it. It gives me a chance to get up under the car and inspect things. I'd much rather change the oil than a lot of other things around the house, too.
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I'm a BMW enthusiast and previous owner of a beautiful E34 540i, so in my opinion you can't go wrong with a BMW. I think the 135 looks exceptional too - really nice all around car and really pretty affordable for what you get.

That being said, make sure you "do the math" with respect to fuel considerations. Not saying you would, but so many people seem to think paying an extra $5k-$10k is justified if they get a few extra MPG.

Let's say you get a miserable 15 MPG currently, fill up each time with about 20 gallons at say $3.15/gallon and you drive about 10,000 miles/year. A 15 MPG vehicle will run you about $2,100/year in fuel costs, whereas a 25 MPG car will run you about $1,200.

First reaction from people is usually "hey, I'm saving $900 a year! Where do I sign the papers?" Let's say the 25 MPG car costs you an extra $5k, you're not even breaking even with respect to fuel costs for over 5 1/2 years...that's assuming every other factor like reliability, maintenance, insurance, etc. remains the same. A number of auto reviewers have found the break-even point on hybrids or high-efficiency cars to be pretty far out.

Even factoring in tax breaks and whatnot it's not necessarily a good deal, though it could be. I wouldn't make any rash, blanket statement, just do the appropriate research for your situation. Hybrids aren't always the huge money saver people make them out to be. If you want to buy one to better the environment, go for it. If you want a 135 cause it looks "hawt" and it's a hoot to drive, knock yourself out man. You don't' need to justify it from a fuel standpoint

Along the same lines, it cracks me when people pitch a fit when gas goes up 10 cents. An extra 10 cents over 20 gallons, say once a week adds up to an extra $8/month...or less than most of us spend on a movie ticket or a large coffee at Starbucks.
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If a oil change is so darn easy than how does a place like Jiffy Lube screw it up to the point of having a bad transmission problem??
They didn't replace enough of the transmission fluid after they drained it.

Edit, It was time to purge everything and I was in a hurry. Normally I have a mechanic that I always take my car to, but he is in Lanham and I didn't have that kind of time. I ran it into JL so that they could change the xmsn, oil, and diff. Big mistake.
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No one really LIKES to do it, but honestly doing it in your driveway is way cheaper and actually a lot faster than driving to your nearest Jiffy Lube and waiting for them to do their overpriced BS.

Plus what kind of guarantee do really get with an oil change anyway?
I was refering more to heavier maintenance with that phrase, not necessisarily an oil change in particular. You are right, not much guarentee with an oil change.

By the way, I would never do it (change the oil) in front of my own house. I miss military installations where they have garages and bays that you can use to do your own work. You pay a very small fee and prevent your driveway from looking like the oil fields in Iraq durring Desert Storm. (exaggeration)
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I would have to travel a minimum of 2 hours and 15 minutes for any warrenty issues which makes me concerned about the comments of glitches in the electronics etc.
I've always heard the in line 6 is the most reliable engine out there, but I haven't often heard about the electronics.
No idea what hess' comment about "computer glitches" is based on. I've owned, and know a number of other people who have owned BMWs and never had "computer glitches." If you're afraid of the rogue glitch because it's a new car and "new cars have computer glitches" then I suppose you should go buy a Delorean or something...
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WOW! If Carlsbad is almost 17% cheaper than Gainesville, then I'd be living like a king too! BMWs and $450 mortgages for everyone!!!! Cheers!

Carlsbad migration! Imagine, we could all live on the same cul de sac. Matty and SS could be head of the homeowners association.
hey,

wooooh,

wooooooooh,

hey now...

it's $490 mortgage...jeeesh.



I don't know of many places cheaper than here. But as always, you get what you pay for.
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